New Shelby exhibit honors state representative who flew helicopters in Vietnam

New Shelby exhibit honors state representative who flew helicopters in Vietnam

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The newest exhibit at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby pays tribute to a state representative from Pontotoc who flew helicopters in the Vietnam War.

The display features a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, better known as the "Huey," and it honors former U.S. Army lieutenant and current Dist. 15 House representative Mac Huddleston.

Huddleston flew a "Huey" during his service with the 9th Division in the Mekong Delta.

The exhibit also includes a photograph of Huddleston landing a "Huey" on a river boat in 1967.

A dedication ceremony for the exhibit was held Wednesday in the museum's vehicle yard.

"I might have done some heroic things, but I'm not a hero," said Huddleston. "I wouldn't take anything for the three years I was in Army aviation. I loved it."

The interior of the museum remains closed for renovation and expansion.

It is scheduled to reopen next March.